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"It's Local It's 50!" Speed Campaign

The speed limit on most local roads is 50 km/h.

Did you know that travelling just 5km/h over the speed limit doubles the risk of a crash? This is roughly equivalent to the risk associated with a Blood Alcohol (BAC) level of 0.05 as indicated in the National Road Safety Action Plan 2009 and 2010.

North Sydney Council in collaboration with Lane Cove, Willoughby and Mosman Council’s has launched the Speed Campaign It's Local. It's 50! in May this year.

The Campaign provides graphic information to show the effects of speeding on reaction and braking distances.  There is also information showing the survival rates for pedestrians if hit at various speeds over the 50km/h speed limit. This, it is hoped, will bring home the realisation that our local roads are high density areas occupied by all types of road users - including young children and that hitting any pedestrian, even at low speeds, could be devastating. It urges drivers to expect the unexpected…and to remember that if it’s a Local street then it’s 50!

Community members are also encouraged to give their feedback on the campaign by participating in a short online survey at


Reaction and braking distances increase as you go faster as indicated in the information above.  If a pedestrian such as the young boy with the ball stepped out on the road 35m away, could you stop in time?

  • A car travelling at 50km/h will take an average of 35m to stop including driver reaction time so they would probably miss hitting the boy;
  • A car travelling at 60km/h will take over 40m to stop but would hit the boy at a speed of 46km/h;
  • A car travelling at 70km/h will take almost 55m to stop and will hit the boy at 66km/h; and
  • A car travelling at 80km/h will take almost 70m to stop and will hit the boy at a speed of 79km/h

Research from Transport for NSW data indicates that:

  • 25% of pedestrians would die if hit by a vehicle travelling at 40km/h and the vehicle travelling at 60km/h would have only slowed down to 46km/h before it hit the boy;
  • 55% would die if hit a 50km/h; and
  • 85% would die if hit at 60km/h.

In the four (4) Local Council areas during the 5-year period 2011-2015:

  • The most common type of crash where speeding was involved included car crashes off the road on a curve or bend, and cars hitting a vehicle in the opposing direction or same direction.
  • Speed was a contributing factor in 11% of all crashes.
  • There were five (5) fatal crashes involving speeding.
  • 55% of all speeding crashes happened on 50km/h roads.
  • The highest age group for speeding crashes was in the 30-39 year old age group; followed by the 21-25 year olds.
  • A higher proportion of male drivers were involved in crashes.

In North Sydney, between 2011 -2015 statistics show that:

  • the greatest contributing factor to crashes is speed;
  • there WAS one fatality on a 50km/h local road
  • over half (55%) of the total number of crashes occurred on roads classified as 50km/h local roads
  • the highest number of speeding crashes (76%) were by males.

Ask yourself... is it worth it?

Expect the unexpected... It’s local it’s 50!


More Information

Contact: Road Safety & Sustainable Transport Coordinator 9936 8246

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